It ends not with a bang, but a whimper

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Of course, it’s an obvious forgery.

Or something like that.

From the official White House statement:

“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country. Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting.”

Or as Obama himself put it this morning:

“We don’t have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do.”

This changes nothing, of course. The birther nonsense was born out of a deep conviction in some quarters that Barack Obama “ain’t one of us,” that he is not merely unAmerican but anti-American, and that his presence in the White House is an insult to this nation’s heritage.

The birth-certificate controversy was merely that sentiment given literal form. Even after this, the sentiment will remain; the cynics who preached it and profited by it, and the fools who believed it, remain with us as well.

Donald Trump, for example, just took credit for forcing the release — “I’m very proud of myself,” he said — but he then doubled down on his foolishness, refusing point blank to acknowledge that this ends the controversy and instead demanding to see Obama’s academic records.

Birtherism was, and is, a symptom of something fundamentally gone awry in the national psyche. And this doesn’t fix it, not by a long shot.

– Jay Bookman

1,135 comments Add your comment

md

April 27th, 2011
5:45 pm

lwm,

Those were my quotes……..and happen to be true……unless you can show otherwise.

Dusty

April 27th, 2011
5:47 pm

Whoeee, JOSEF

The many times I worked in Indian Hospitals, the patients were proud of THEIR hospitals. Some were not happy at those who came demanding service because their great great gandpa had been an Indian (the only one in the family). I don’t know about identification, etc., but never realized it was discriminatory. The patients I met seemed proud of their heritage and felt their services were special for them because they were special. I felt they were special too and enjoyed working with them.

Did I misunderstand?

josef nix

April 27th, 2011
5:54 pm

DUSTY

I wasn’t referring to a matter of pride, but the fact that for many programs (especially in governmental educational assistance, etc) a CDIB card is required…Indians are the only “race” in the country that has to produce this “proof..”

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
5:59 pm

I demand to see Obama’s placenta. I am not 100% sure he’s human let alone American.

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
5:59 pm

Does he even have a navel??? The proof is in the navel. Show us your junk Mr. President!!!

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:01 pm

It has become to serious in here. Why must my brethren fall prey to the diversionary tactics of the birthers and their ilk?! LET THE JOKES CONTINUE

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:07 pm

I’ve got people on the ground in Hawai’i :lol: who are zoning in on the placenta. It’s only a matter of time.

#whysoserious

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:11 pm

THIS JUST IN FROM DONALD TRUMP’S POUT: “we demand to see the navel, placenta, and umbilical cord and the DNA linking him to Stanley Dunham. Until then, we will conclude that an immaculate conception took place as a direct result of a Kenyan witch doctor implanting the Obama into Stanley Dunham thereby creating an alien birth.”

Henceforth.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the Liar Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

April 27th, 2011
6:12 pm

Took long enough. Now can we find out if he is a MUSLIM or Christian?

Gm

April 27th, 2011
6:20 pm

Man, I was hoping they would not show this untill 2012, I wanted the world to see what type of idiots we have in our country;

Terriost Vs Trump and the birthers

One has love for their country and the others are a disgrace to America, these are the same bigots who said we are all Americans during 911, I wonder why should muslims and other minorites help these bigots if we are ever attacked again?

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:20 pm

mmm- a record of his salvation, baptism and christening have been requested from Jesus. Stay tuned.

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:33 pm

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
6:36 pm

This just released: “Born in the USA” will take the place of “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” as the official campaign theme song for Obama 2012

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Adam

April 27th, 2011
6:39 pm

3) Having children out of wedlock

Ah yes, that is clearly a stupid decision. We should all have children while married, and not before. Perhaps we shouldn’t even have sex before getting married! So if you don’t want people having children before getting married, why are you so against abortion and so against organizations like Planned Parenthood that provide health services and birth control?

TnGelding

April 27th, 2011
6:41 pm

Bush would have presided over a $1.3 trillion deficit if he hadn’t gotten out of town just in time.

They BOTH suck

April 27th, 2011
6:49 pm

Where are all the ‘birthers’ today?

what has your fav pundit or website mentioned in terms of how fake the certificate is, etc, etc

You clowns have been slapped into next week

However Obama is a crappy gambler……. I would have bluffed until you birthers were foaming at the mouth…… say next September/October time-frame

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

Tommy Callahan - I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull's ass, but I'd rather take a butcher's word for it. ~Tommy Callahan

April 27th, 2011
7:07 pm

First it’s Trump taking credit, and claiming a “victory”, then questioning Obama’s Harvard credentials, and now Palin mocking Katie Couric for deciding to stepdown at CBS. The nuts in the asylum are sure wound up today!!!

TRUTH

April 27th, 2011
7:09 pm

Stop. Y’all, stop. Just. Stop…

Next it will be he’s not American because he’s, he’s not American!!

Stop, y’all. Stop…

Tommy Callahan - I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull's ass, but I'd rather take a butcher's word for it. ~Tommy Callahan

April 27th, 2011
7:11 pm

Oh, and I forgot Palin’s tweet that the birth certificate was a distraction from Bernanke’s speech. Meanwhile the Dow and S&P are at their highest levels since 2008!

snoqualmiefalls

April 27th, 2011
7:16 pm

What more can I expect?
We all know this is a complete forgery so
I want a video of the live birth.
I want the names and addresses of all attending nurses and Docs.
I want a parish record of the live birth.
If he was circumcised I want to see the foreskin.
I want… I want… I want…
Nothing will ever satisfy the people who live in an alternative reality… they are delusional, ignorant and most likely racist… So what else is new?

Michael

April 27th, 2011
7:22 pm

@josef nix: When you walk on your knuckles, try to remember to wash your hands before touching something someone else might touch.

Jay

April 27th, 2011
7:53 pm

There was one stimulus package, RW, and a third of it was tax cuts.

Dr. EB

April 27th, 2011
7:53 pm

I said once that Trump was smarter than to do something like this. Someone immediately said that it is evident that he is not. I think that they were correct. Trump looked silly over this and is still looking silly. The rest of the world must look at us like fools. Yet, I have to wonder if both of the president’s parents were White would we have this mess. I seriously doubt it.

independent thinker

April 27th, 2011
8:03 pm

The only ones the Repubs could pick who are crazier than Trump is Beck and Bachman- That would be the true circus ticket.

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
8:07 pm

Please stop insinuating birthers are racist. I’m banging one so I know that’s not true. Besides, it has already been established that there are absolutely, positively 0 racists in this country. Especially not in the GOP. Anywhere but there. But again, they don’t exist in America anyway. Unicorns, they are.

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
8:08 pm

Did USMC ever let Harry Callahan sniff his sack? He sure seemed to be itching to do so. What man follows another mans posts and guffaws to spite another? I know what kinda man…

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
8:13 pm

**MISSING PERSON ALERT**

Name: SCOUT
DOB: July 4, 1776
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown
Face: on the floor
Last known whereabouts: Ralph Abernathy Blvd 4-22-2011 at 3:37am exiting a Chevy Impala with an unknown substance on his nose

If you have seen this person please contact the tip line at 1-800-SAVE-FACE

Glenn Beck's Black Mistress

April 27th, 2011
8:16 pm

Several leads in the missing person’s case (SCOUT): Reportedly lurking over on Kyle Wingfield’s blog, the last place anyone would ever look.

Tommy Callahan - I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull's ass, but I'd rather take a butcher's word for it. ~Tommy Callahan

April 27th, 2011
10:07 pm

LOL Glenn Beck’s Mistress

Mr Right

April 27th, 2011
11:40 pm

Mr Obama does have more important things to do like playing golf and making his rounds on the shows and oh yea, get in some campaigning! yea, some real important stuff!!

Hamilton

April 28th, 2011
1:15 am

In order to be a believing “birther,” one has to admit that all the intellectual power and and financial heft of the collective universe of Obama haters were too inept or inadequate to prove the fact BEFORE he was elected.

Rabbit

April 28th, 2011
1:18 am

Here’s the challenge: be the first to cite one thing, just one, that the Donald has done that was not entirely self serving.

Joel Edge

April 28th, 2011
8:34 am

I still get that feeling I’m watching a stage production, Jay. Trump enters the controversy, while being “advised” by a former Obama supporter. Sturm and drang ensues, Obama issues birth certificate. Evil conservative is chastised and Obama is the even handed statesman because “We do not have time for this kind of silliness”.
All we need is a heavenly chorus singing his praises.

stives

April 28th, 2011
8:53 am

Donald Trump has not prove he was born here in these United States of America either. President Obama should not have even exposed his Birth Certificate to anyone! He only has to qualify by being born here in these United States, bottom line. Trump might have money, but he most certainly don’t have the respect for others. He is making himself look bad, his family and his employees. A man who has not voted in years….can’t find is voting poll office and drives almost to 4 places and then cuss his driver out…and yet, he, questioned the President Birth Rights. I bet him any amount of money he won’t run to be President of these United States of America. He has to exposed everything and he cannot lie on his documents when he file them. President Obama has as much rights as anyother human being to run and become President of these United States…I am deeply sad that he is being treated as he is. The Bible speak of changes…where the turn of time will see Africian-Americans, Native Americans, Spanish changing the guards here in America. No one can stop it!

Mr Right

April 28th, 2011
1:15 pm

Joe – Bit Mysterious???? Come on dude ….. Donald Trump’s hair is a heck of a lot more mysterious than anything about President Obama.

Aint nothing mysterious about Obama anymore after 2 years we know what he is!! Anyone who votes for him again is a complete fool!!!